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By Dustin Rowles | Videos | October 27, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | October 27, 2010 |

We’re obviously not big studio slobberers around here — my philosophy when it comes to studio productions is SHOOT IT IN THE HEAD. But there’s a couple of studios that I’ve always given the benefit of the doubt, specifically Magnolia and Fox Searchlight. To call Fox Searchlight an indie studio would be misleading — yes, it specializes in distributing indie and British flicks, but it’s still owned by 20th Century Fox, which means that Rupert Murdoch had a very tiny hand in the anti-abortion film, Juno.* And you know my philosophy on Rupert Murdoch. SHOOT IT IN THE HEAD.

Anyway, Fox Searchlight is celebrating its 15th Anniversary since it released its first film, Brothers McMullen (awww, remember when we liked Ed Burns? Now, what’s our philosophy on Ed Burns? SHOOT IT IN THE HEAD). And while we wouldn’t normally devote a post to a studio’s Happy Birthday to itself, this is different for two reasons: 1) Fox Searchlight had made a lot of great films, and watching the video below, I realize that the studio must have made fully half my favorite films over the last decade; and 2) the video montage below is fantastic, and it’s fantastic because it was created by Harry Hanrahan, who you all know as our video editor behind The 100 Greatest Quotes Series and the Greatest Insults of All Time.

Anyway, check out the video — you may be surprised by how many of Fox Searchlight’s films you love. You might also find it striking just how successful the studio is at finding hugely successful indie flicks that developed cult backlash followings.

* (I only called it an anti-abortion film to see how many of your faces I could make cringe)

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